Fonds MS-2-473 - Atlantic Federation of Students fonds

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Atlantic Federation of Students fonds

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  • 1921-1978 (Creation)

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1.1 m of textual records

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The Atlantic Federation of Students was formed in January 1975, as a union of students from 12 Atlantic universities and colleges. Internal and external conflicts led to its disbanding. Student councils in Newfoundland and New Brunswick withdrew from the Federation in 1978. On November 9, 1978, student representatives from 11 Nova Scotia post-secondary institutions met in Halifax to found a provincial organization to replace the AFS.

The AFS had links with the National Union of Students (NUS), which emerged in 1972 from the previous Canadian Union of Students (CUS), formed in the late 1920s. It also had ties to other Canadian student organizations, such as the Ontario Federation of Students (OFS) and L'Association Nationale des Etudiants du Quebec.

Custodial history

The collection was donated to the Dalhousie University Archives on August 27, 1982, by Don Soucy, former Secretary Coordinator for AFS and past Chairperson of the Nova Scotia caucus of the National Union of Students.

Scope and content

Fonds contains material from the 1970s on the histories, policies, and structures of the Atlantic Federation of Students and National Union of Students, as well as other student organizations; information on cutbacks, grants, funding, and student aid; conference proceedings, 1975-78; correspondence of the Halifax Coalition for the Unemployed and other unemployment committees; statistics on university income and expenditures; AFS conference and NUS Central Committee correspondence and minutes, 1975-78.

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  • Multiple Languages

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Box 7, Folder 19 is closed.

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Materials do not circulate and must be used in the Archives and Special Collections Reading Room. Materials may be under copyright. Contact departmental staff for guidance on reproduction.

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Preferred citation: [Identification of item], Atlantic Federation of Students/Associated Student Union fonds, MS-2-473, Box [box number], Folder [folder number], Dalhousie University Archives, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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